A comprehensive guide to keeping your custom cabinets looking their best, including tips for cleaning, repairing, and protecting your investment

Investing in custom cabinetry is a significant decision, and when done right, it’s one that adds functionality and beauty to your home. To ensure that your custom cabinets retain their appeal and usefulness alike for years to come, proper maintenance and care are essential. As a trusted custom cabinetry maker, Smith & Vallee understands the importance of preserving your cabinets! In this comprehensive guide, we’ve provided a few valuable tips on cleaning, repairing, and protecting your custom cabinets – enabling you to maintain their pristine condition and prolong their lifespan.

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Regular Cleaning

Regular cleaning is crucial for preserving the beauty and longevity of your custom cabinetry. Here are some tips to follow:

  1. Start with a gentle solution: Our water born finishes can be cleaned using a soft cloth with warm water and a mild soap dilute to create a gentle cleaning solution. Avoid products formulated with wax, petroleum solvents, or silicones. The extended use of wax polishes can result in a wax film buildup. Also avoid spray-type polishes containing petroleum solvents, as they are flammable and toxic if swallowed. Never use abrasive cleaners, scouring pads or powdered cleansers.
  2. Soft cloth or sponge: Use a soft, non-abrasive cloth or sponge to apply the cleaning solution. Gently wipe the cabinet surfaces, paying attention to any spills or stains.
  3. Dry immediately: After cleaning, make sure to dry the cabinets thoroughly with a clean cloth to prevent moisture damage.
  4. Avoid excess water: Be cautious while cleaning around sinks or areas prone to water splashes. Excess moisture can seep into the cabinet joints or damage the finish.

Traditional Kitchen

Proper Handling

Proper handling of your custom cabinetry can prevent accidental damage. Here are some guidelines to follow:

  1. Use cabinet hardware: To prevent excessive wear and tear, always use the designated cabinet hardware (handles, knobs, etc.) for opening and closing your cabinets. Avoid pulling or pushing directly on the cabinet doors.
  2. Close gently: Avoid slamming cabinet doors or drawers, as this can cause structural damage over time. Close them gently and ensure they are properly aligned.
  3. Avoid excessive weight: Custom cabinets are designed to withstand a reasonable amount of weight. However, it’s important to avoid overloading the cabinets with heavy items as this can strain the hinges and affect the cabinet’s integrity.

Repairing Minor Damage

Despite your best efforts, minor damage is likely to occur. That’s completely normal! Your cabinets are a part of your daily life, after all – and life comes with messes. Here’s how to handle common issues:

  1. Scratches: For minor scratches on wood finishes, use a touch-up pen or filler that matches the cabinet color. Apply it carefully and blend it with the surrounding area.
  2. Loose hinges or handles: Over time, hinges or handles may become loose. Tighten them using a screwdriver, but avoid over tightening, as that can strip the screws and/or damage the cabinet itself.
  3. Sticking drawers or doors: If a drawer or door starts sticking, check for any misalignment or debris obstructing the tracks. Adjust or clean them accordingly to restore smooth operation.

Protection and Prevention

Taking proactive steps to protect your custom cabinetry can prevent damage and extend their lifespan. Consider the following:

  1. Avoid too much direct sunlight: Prolonged exposure to sunlight can fade or discolor the finish. Use curtains or blinds to shield your cabinets from excessive sunlight.
  2. Use cabinet liners: Consider using cabinet liners or mats to protect the interior shelves from spills, moisture, or scratches caused by heavy/sharp items.
  3. Regular inspections: Periodically inspect your custom cabinets for any signs of damage, wear, or loose hardware. Addressing issues promptly can prevent further damage and costly repairs.

Your custom cabinetry is an investment that enhances both the beauty and functionality of your home. By following these easy maintenance and care tips, you can ensure that your cabinets stay in excellent condition for years to come. Remember, regular cleaning, proper handling, timely repairs, and proactive protection are the keys to keeping your custom cabinets looking their best. If you ever have any concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to contact our team for guidance and support. With a little TLC, you’ll be able to enjoy the enduring beauty and functionality of your custom cabinets for a lifetime!